The last time you had dinner with your family was a difficult experience. Not because of any intra-family drama (though there’s always a little bit of that). The issue was the noise, which was making it difficult to hear anything. So you didn’t hear the details about Nancy’s promotion, and you didn’t have a chance to ask about Todd’s new cat. It was irritating. Mostly, you blame the acoustics. But you can’t completely dismiss the possibility that perhaps your hearing is beginning to go bad.
It’s not typically advisable to attempt to self diagnose hearing loss because it generally isn’t possible. But you should keep your eye out for some early warning signs. When enough of these red flags spring up, it’s worth making an appointment to get checked by a hearing professional.
Hearing Loss Has Some Early Warning Signs
Some of the indications of hearing loss are subtle. But if you happen to find yourself noticing any of the items on the following list, you just might be dealing with some degree of hearing loss.
Some of the most common early signs of hearing impairment may include:
- Someone observes that the volume on your media devices is getting louder and louder. Maybe the volume on your phone keeps getting louder and louder. Or maybe your TV speakers are maxed out. In most cases, you’re not the one that notices the loud volume, it’s your children, maybe your neighbor, or your friends.
Next Up: Get a Exam
Regardless of how many of these early warning signs you may experience, there’s really only one way to recognize, with certainty, whether your hearing is going bad: get your hearing tested.
You might very well be experiencing some level of hearing loss even if you’re only noticing one of these early warning signs. What level of hearing impairment you might be dealing with can only be determined with a hearing evaluation. And then you’ll be better prepared to get the correct treatment.
This will make your next family get together a lot easier and more fun.